Ok Mamas - it's my last shopping enabling post of the year. But I must warn you: This one will be especially hard to resist.
Have you heard of TMRDNL? It's the line designed by Tamar Daniel, an Israeli- British-American fashion designer who happens to live not far from me. I had the opportunity to meet with her and see her line...and oh, my. We're talking ah-mazing stuff. Like...machine washable, scrunch down into a suitcase and still look amazing stuff.
Tamar's design philosophy is one that us Mamas will relate to. A mom herself, Tamar describes her collection as a "call to arms for dynamic real women, whose days are full of many facets, and whose outfits need to transition from boardroom to playgroup to date night and back again as seamlessly as they do. A versatile mix of easy, thoughtful pieces, the collection is truly a wardrobe for living."
Sing it, Sister.
But here's the bad news: Tamar is moving on. It turns out that designing an entire line is a ton of work (no kidding). And Tamar has something new and exciting in mind. Personally, I'm heartbroken. With gorgeousness like this...
...TMRDNL will be missed.
But here's the silver lining, Mamas. Tamar still has a few pieces in stock. And they are taking up precious room in her storeroom. You know where I'm going with this, right? She'd like some help cleaning things away for the new year. So pieces that typically retail for...oh...let's just say that they typically retail for prices that I cannot afford...are currently available in the $25 - $125 range.
Even better, Tamar is generously offering Ain't No Mom Jeans readers an additional 20% off with the code ANMJ.
Now...what to buy?
Well. My most-worn piece to-date is the Intrigue Jacket, pictured above. It's machine-washable, nursing-friendly, and insanely comfortable. The sleeves are made of a soft knit, so you have full range of motion for picking up the little ones - it feels like a comfy sweater. Mine is a size larger than I typically go for, so it can be easily layered (even over another sweater, like above). But when I wear it alone, the drapiness is such that it never looks too big! This piece is seriously amazing. It is currently retailing on Tamar's website for $99, and also comes in a longer (trench) version for $125. The trench makes a gorgeous dress, especially for work. (Easy to pump in, I'll bet.)
Ready to see more? Ok...
My next pick is TMRDNL's Who, Me? dress, currently retailing for $95 (before the ANMJ discount). I'm bringing this little number home with me - it's what I'll be wearing on Christmas Eve. (And New Years if we can find a sitter. Yeah, right.)
One thing to note: Tamar had mentioned that you could literally ball this dress up in a suitcase, then bring it out and ta da! It would look fine. So I did just that - overnight - before taking these pics. Amazing. And YUP: machine washable.
(My slept-on hair, however, is another story.) Trying to pull off these outfit shots with two boys who want to "help"...Raines has some surprisingly strong opinions for a four year old.
Know what you need, Mom? Some presents.
Uh, thanks honey.
Anyway. If you don't need to be fancy-fancy, I found that some tall boots and a big 'ol scarf dress it down nicely. I wore this outfit while out with Mike...
Now...if your dress tastes run a bit vintage, I'm also loving Tamar's Gathered Shoulder Dress, $105. This dress has a fabulous flapper vibe, thanks to a kicky little side panel that you can just barely see in the pics.
While I realize that this dress is a glimmery gold...it's so comfortable (and machine washable and wrinkle resistant) that I see no reason not to wear it for day. Besides, I love me some gold glimmer with plaid and denim.
Tamar also makes a funky draped skirt in this fabric ($55), as well as a flowy tank called, appropriately, Draped Tank, $25. Modest Mamas will appreciate the higher neckline, while hoochies like me will wish it a tad lower.
Still pretty fabulous though.
Ok - ready to talk about jackets? Specifically, TMRDNL's Editor Jacket? ($115 before discount)
And did I mention that the sleeves are the same cozy knit as the Intrigue jacket? And that there are studs on the shoulders?
Also, Tamar makes this 100% cashmere gorgeousness ($150) that can be worn as a scarf/shrug/skirt/dress. I love it for those nights when I want to have bare arms in the restaurant...but I'll freeze if I do. (It's also my new favorite infinity scarf.)
I also messed around with making it a skirt:
Lastly...(and OMGIKNOW this is a long one but bear with me, Mamas. I really didn't want to leave anything out...)
A simple tee. A simple, insanely fabulous tee, with interesting drape and a great name (The Cafe Top), for $25. No joke. Personally, I'm in love with this blush color, but it is also available in stripes.
OK!! That's it! I'm done! No more shopping enabling for the rest of 2012! I'm now turning off the computer, and going to spend some quality time with the three boys who have been very supportive of this crazy little habit of mine. This blog, Mamas, ends up being a family affair.
Look at him - eyeing his setup so critically
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Mamas! Wishing you and your family safe travels, happy homes, and hearts full of peace.
ps. I will be responding to comments via my phone...since our drive back to MI will take THREE DAYS. THREE DAYS in the car, Mamas. THREE. (Or two, if Mike gets his way.) So feel free to email or comment with questions...xoxo